Car rental in Alicante
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There is much to see in Alicante and the surrounding countryside. Rent a car in Alicante and you will be able to explore this beautiful part of Spain at your own pace. You can spend restful days at the beach or easily plan local excursions, to explore the neighbouring cities of Valencia, Murcia, and Altea.

It's your choice: Where to go in Alicante

There are a number of direct daily flights to Alicante from London and other cities in the United Kingdom. The flight time from London to Alicante is two hours and 30 minutes. You can find numerous cheap flights to Alicante, and airlines that offer direct flights include British Airways, Iberia, Ryan Air, Norwegian Air International, and easyJet. Alicante Airport is the fifth largest airport in Spain and is considered the gateway to the popular Costa Blanca region. There are a number of car hire options at Alicante Airport and it is easiest to pick up your rental car at the airport on your arrival instead of in the city itself. Once you're ensconced, there's much to explore. You might choose to stay right on the port, by the water in the Ensanche Diputación district, where you'll find plentiful shopping, restaurants, and cafes. If you're more interested in beach access and nightlife, head to the area of Playa de San Juan, which offers both a white sand beach and boulevards lined with buzzy bars. In the quieter neighbourhood of Sant Blai, you can spend time in a large city park, home to a historic castle ruins as well as mini-golf.

Things to do in Alicante

Visit Castillo de Santa Barbara, the magnificent castle that towers above the city. The castle was built in the 9th century and is very well preserved. The rooms are filled with artefacts and information about the castle's history. The views from the roof ramparts across the city and towards the sea are worth the climb. There is a market in the main courtyard that sells handmade trinkets and souvenirs. Playa del Postiguet is one of the best beaches on the Costa Blanca. The beach runs the entire length of the city of Alicante and into neighbouring San Juan. You are sure to find a spot on the huge beach to sunbathe. There is a bar on one of the quieter sections of the beach and it is an easy walk from the bar to the promenade to get some tapas.

Important info about Alicante

Alicante is one of the most popular places to visit in Spain. However, if you rent a car in Alicante, you can escape the crowds and head north to explore the rural sections of the Costa Blanca. Just an hour out of Alicante, the landscape becomes mountainous and green. Head out and discover small villages such as Denia, Javea, and the towns of the Orba Valley. The landscape around Alicante is brown, arid, and flat. The main draw for the area are the magnificent beaches that line the coast. Spend at least a few days of your holiday driving along the coastline and finding uncrowded beaches and traditional Spanish villages. Take a boat trip from one of these villages to see the coastline from the ocean and discover a different side to the Costa Blanca.

Weather in Alicante
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Currency Euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +34

Good to know

To drive in Spain, you must be at least 18 years old and hold a valid drivers license. Rental car companies require that drivers be over the age of 21. To rent a car in Alicante, and throughout Spain, you must have held a drivers license for at least two years. You do not need an International Drivers Permit if you come from an EU country. In Alicante, you will drive on the right-hand side of the road. Take your time to get used to this, and leave extra space between yourself and the next car. Take special care when leaving a parking lot and going around a traffic circle. If you wear glasses when driving, you need to carry a spare pair in the car and be able to produce them on request.

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What to taste in Alicante

Paella is the most popular traditional dish in Spain and the variety in Alicante is considered particularly good due to the quality of the rice grown in the region. This dish is traditionally cooked by men outside over a hot fire and includes rice, seafood, different types of meat, and spices. Denia prawns are considered by many people to be the best in the world. This small prawn is best served fried in olive oil with a little garlic. They are often served in tapas bars around Alicante. Olla churra is a hearty style of stew that is best enjoyed in the winter months. It is made from meat, beans, cured sausages, and vegetables. The stew is slow-cooked for a number of hours to really bring out its subtle flavours, then served with potatoes and rice.

What to bring to your friends from Alicante

Recreate the tastes of Spain and your Alicante holiday with a paella kit, which typically includes a small paella pan, spices, rice, and stock to get you started. The kits can be bought at souvenir shops or even at the airport on your way home. While you're at it, pick up great olive oil for a fraction of the price that you would pay in the UK. Be sure to get a bottle from a small producer on the Costa Blanca. Buy direct from the supplier or at any of the supermarkets close to Alicante hotels. Spanish ceramics made by local artisans in Alicante make a great gift. Popular options include tapas bowls and olive oil pourers. These can be purchased at craft markets and art galleries.